Patients of the universal healthcare scheme want to see their coverage expanded to include root canals, unlimited birth deliveries and DNA tests, the National Health Security Office (NHSO) says.
Public consultations conducted by the NHSO from May to September last year also found that healthcare providers require more financial support to cope with services.
Dr Charan Trinwuthipong, a member of the NHSO's board, said respondents listed root canal treatment for all ages, as well as DNA tests and unlimited birth deliveries among their wants.
The current healthcare scheme only covers two birth deliveries per mother.
Respondents also proposed that patients who are members of the Social Security Fund and government officials under their healthcare funds be entitled to receive compensation from the fund if they suffer medical malpractice.
Other proposals included providing disabled people with free air mattresses and nappies; free annual checkups for workers, and a plan to address healthcare for migrant workers.
Health service providers, however, said they need larger budgets to cope with their current services.
The government's decision to freeze the budget for three years could damage service provision, they said.
Health service providers that took part in the consultations also proposed that local administration organisations contribute more to the health welfare of their residents.
Those who are treated at home should be covered by the universal health scheme, they said, also noting the government should be prepared to handle more patients after the formation of the Asean Community in 2015.
Health service providers said there are not enough beds to accommodate patients in public hospitals.
They suggested the NHSO could ease the bed shortage by having all private hospitals receive patients under the state's universal health care coverage system.
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